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Mid-Century + Modern Design

Highlighting the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic from home furnishings to decor.

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769 Richmond Ave. is a unique post and beam Eichler with many of its original mid-century modern features still intact. Pull into the expansive paved driveway and park your vehicles in the quintessential Eichler carport. Inside the home, the 1,629 square feet (per tax records) allow for 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths alongside a spacious living room that flows into the dining/living areas. Enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle through the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that connect the living area to the back yard. One can also access the back yard through the hobby/storage room that doubles as the laundry area and connects directly to the kitchen. Mature lemon and orange trees await in the tranquil and spacious yard.

Most of the interior is still

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 I know many Eichler enthusiasts LOVE classing mid-century modern (MCM) furnishings however trying to purchase authentic MCM pieces to complement their home can be a  very costly proposition.   Additionally, it's nearly impossible to find consistent discounts when purchasing new items from the likes of  notable designers such as Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson, Herman Miller and many others.

If you are looking to make a large investment in new midcentury modern furnishings, I wanted to share a tip I have personally utilized and have also shared with clients and friends.   Specifically, I learned that you can receive a 15% DISCOUNT on purchases made at Design Within Reach (DWR) and Herman Miller IF you are a FoundersCard Member.   

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Mid-Century Modernized Eichler

Just in time for Spring, here’s the Eichler you’ve been waiting for perfectly blending the best of mid-century & modern living! 

4106 Wilson Lane is a pristine, highly-desired atrium model Eichler home located in the Rancho Del Diablo community of Concord.  This 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,795 SF living/7,280 SF lot (per tax records) Eichler has all of the famous hallmarks of mid-century character like post and beam architecture, globe lights, floor-ceiling glass, in-floor radiant heating, but also has been majorly updated with modern amenities and design.

Imagine a high-tech, smart-home lifestyle with the ability to set the heat and lighting on your spa, ignite the fireplace, and adjust the interior mini-split

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Heath Ceramics has long been celebrated for innovative design and a tradition of “form follows function” handcrafted stoneware. Founded in 1948 in Sausalito, Heath has expanded with the addition of a tile factory and retail showroom in San Francisco as well as Los Angeles.

The simple elegant design of Heath dinnerware, from the original Heath Coupe Line (modernism at its best) to the newest addition to its line make it a popular choice for Eichler and other MCM and contemporary enthusiasts, as well as those with traditional taste. In addition to dinnerware, Heath showcases household and decorative items designed by kindred artisans from around the world.

If you’ve always wanted to own some Heath pottery – or want to add to your collection,

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California has a reputation for some pretty wild and wacky architectural trends, many of which were noted by the late, great Huell Howser in his California’s Gold TV series. In filming California’s Gold, Howser traveled the length and breadth of the Golden State taking note of places, events, and people that captured his interest. One of his early road trips took him along the famed Route 66 to Newberry Springs where he didn’t find the buffalo, pistachios, or ostriches he was expecting – but he did find a home that is one of those only-in-California kind of places.

When the home on Silver Valley Road came up for sale last month, it captured my interest, not only because it had once been owned by Huell Howser, but because the Volcano House is a

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If you love contemporary style, love to shop and love to travel, dust off your passport and head for the airport. London is the place to be this week. The annual London Design Festival has hit town and it looks like fun. Billed as the UK’s biggest design event the Festival has, in the past, hosted visitors from all over the world; and with almost 400 events staged throughout London, this year’s celebration promises more of the same.

As part of the London Design Festival, Designjunction brings its flagship show to town. (They have also presented international shows in New York and Milan.) Designjuntion will be exhibiting at two venues; one is billed as a design destination and the other, with 2000+ sq. meters (which translates to 21,527+ sq. ft. for

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The San Francisco Bay Area always has a thing or two going on – and this weekend is no exception. In addition to the weekend-long Eat Drink SF, two other things that caught my MCM eye are happening today – so you might want to toss that Saturday newspaper aside and head up to Calistoga for the day or head to San Francisco for an evening of fun and chuckles.

I don’t think many things sum up the Mid-Century family experience more that than camper trailers. They are an iconic piece of history and continue to be popular with contemporary camping enthusiasts and collectors. If you would like to take a look at a few, join Napa County Landmarks at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park today for the Vintage Trailer Hitch-Up

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Attention to our SoCal readers! Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles has a great promotion going on this month that benefits both you and some of the less fortunate residents of the Los Angeles area. Every year Heath LA partners with Skid Row Housing Trust through the Home Plate Dinnerware Exchange program to provide newly housed (previously homeless) individuals with dinnerware donated by you. “How does this benefit me?” you might ask. In addition to the satisfaction of helping the needy, you will receive a 20% discount on any Heathware you purchase in exchange for your donation.

It’s really simple to participate. Just bring your old plates, mugs, and bowls into Heath’s LA Studio & Store on Beverly Boulevard and exchange them for equivalent pieces of Heath

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If you are looking to inject a little Mid-Century glamour into your Eichler or Mid-Century Modern home, your options are expanding. Mid-Century style has become popular – and as its popularity grows, so do your options for furnishing and décor.

Some Mid-Century Modern homeowners strive to recreate the retro Mid-Century look of the Rat Pack era; meaning simple lines, bold colors, and geometric shapes. Other MCM aficionados go for a sleek contemporary modern look, which can be eclectic and incorporates Mid-Century concepts into what is currently popular.

One way to develop your style is to do a little daydreaming online or visit shops that offer up-to-the-minute items. A nice site for wishful thinking is dwell.com. Dwell is dedicated to modern design

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It is always a treat to visit Heath Ceramics. On the off chance you haven’t heard about them, Heath Ceramics is an historic tableware and architectural tile company that had its beginnings in Sausalito, CA in 1948. It has since added a new tile factory and showroom in San Francisco and a showroom in Los Angeles. Always valuing thoughtful design and quality over quantity, Heath Ceramics is a treasure trove for anyone looking for unique, classically modern design.

Now would be a great time to pay one of the showrooms a visit. If you are going to be in the LA area this month, Japanese potter Akio Nukaga will be returning to Heath Los Angeles with a bevy of new pieces along with a few of his signature designs. Along with Akio’s work, sculptural

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